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Teeth Cleaning Arlington VA

Teeth cleaning should be performed once every 6 months to maintain optimal dental health. Teeth cleaning will remove the plaque that has built up since your last cleaning. This helps prevent cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Many people put off visiting the dentist until something is wrong, but that is not a good choice. Don’t wait until you have tooth pain to stop in to our office! By scheduling regular visits, you can receive the preventative care necessary to avoid many oral health problems and the costs associated with them.

What Can I Expect At My Teeth Cleaning?

During your dental cleaning, you’ll receive diagnostic and preventive services as well as educational information.

An Examination Of Your Teeth and Gums

During your cleaning your dental hygienist and dentist will evaluate your gum tissue to see if there are any signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease, look for signs of oral cancer, check your biting and chewing patterns for misalignments or grinding, and look for tooth decay such as cavities. Your dentist may want to take x-rays that he will evaluate as well.

Tartar Scaling

The dental hygienist will use a scaler to remove plaque and tarter around your gum line and in-between your teeth.

Tooth Polishing

After tartar scaling, the hygienist will brush your teeth with a high-powered electric brush. The brush makes a grinding noise but it’s really polishing your teeth and removing any tartar that the scaler left behind.


After tooth polishing your dental hygienist will floss your teeth. For many patients this is the only time they floss all year! However, if you floss at home daily this part of the cleaning can still be beneficial to you because the dental hygienist will be able to see if there are any trouble spots that you can’t reach or often miss and are sensitive. It also removes any leftover plaque or toothpaste from earlier in the cleaning process.

Fluoride Rinse

To get rid of any debris left in your mouth your dental hygienist will have you rinse with a liquid. This liquid contains fluoride and helps strengthen your enamel.

Provide Education and Further Instructions/Recommendations

After your teeth have been cleaning and the evaluation has been performed, your dentists will let you know if there are any issues with your dental health such as cavities, gingivitis, decay, etc. If there is, he will explain the issue and walk you through your treatment options. He may recommend changes to your dental hygiene routine and even show you better ways to brush or floss if that is an issue.

The average cleaning takes around 30 minutes. By scheduling this visit once every six months, you can drastically decrease your risk of developing gum disease. During the examination, your dentist can spot potential trouble spots in your teeth or gums and work with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses the problems before they become more severe issues. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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During your examination, your dentist may determine that an x-ray is necessary to give an accurate diagnosis. X-rays allow your dentist to:

  • Look for decay between teeth that is not visible to the naked eye
  • Check for bone loss
  • Check for decay under fillings – an x-ray is the only way to see this type of decay
  • Look for an infection at the tip of the root
  • Examine the area before procedures – this gives the dentist a full view of your teeth and bone

X-rays are not always necessary, but because they can help your dentist spot problems well in advance compared to visual inspections, they may recommend them after performing an initial examination. Most people will only need dental x-rays every few years as long as they are taking care of their teeth at home and visiting their dentist for their regularly scheduled six-month checkups.

If you’re looking for a dentist that provide excellent teeth cleaning in Arlington VA stop by our Arlington dentists office or give us a call at 703-822-5583.